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“Even the United Nations now sees the risk of a synchronized global economic downturn in 2013-2014.” This was one of the more interesting messages presented at a recent forum on international trends and prospects at the College of Mass Communications Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.

On January 22, 2013, IBON International, WALHI, INDIES, PCFS and APRN are inviting peoples’ organizations, social movements and non-government organisations from across Indonesia to a workshop titled “Towards a Just and Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”

As COP18 slowly draws to a close, much doubt remains as to whether agreement on immediate and meaningful measures to tackle climate change will be reached--hardened by unconfirmed reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon may convene a High-Level Forum on Climate Change in 2014, which could take the momentum away from the COP process with ministers reluctant to make commitments in advance of the high-level forum.

It has become obvious that the continued lack of mitigation ambition and inadequate resources to implement adaptation actions are causing increasing suffering and significant loss and damages of assets and properties in poor and vulnerable countries. M. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of the Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD), reports on the state of expected COP-18 deliverables on "loss and damage".

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is seen to be the subject of yet more intense debates at the UNFCCC's COP-18 climate change talks in Doha.

As the first week of UNFCCC COP18 in Doha, Qatar draws to a close, fault lines between developed and developing countries are becoming clearer.

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation chair circulated a draft text on the SBI agenda item on “loss and damage” (from climate change) for further discussion and negotiation by country Parties. Country Parties agreed to continue their work on the text while they expressed their concern on few specific paragraphs.

The US chief negotiator at COP-18 issued a strong rebuke to NGOs in an off-the-record meeting, which has now been published in Indian media.

Four main items were discussed at today’s meeting of the Contact Group on Finance, i.e., general statements on the report on the work programme on Long Term Finance, the report of the Standing Committee, report on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and initial guidelines; and on the arrangements between the Conference of Parties and the GCF.

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